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Base Layer Episode 083 - Haseeb Qureshi (Dragonfly Capital)

Base Layer Episode 083 - Haseeb Qureshi (Dragonfly Capital)

November 15, 2019

An honor to have Haseeb, recorded live from San Francisco Blockchain Week; Haseeb is a highly respected investor in digital assets - we hone in on his past as a professional poker player, how his ability to discern risk and reward from those experiences and the ability to find "tells"; how his experience as AirBnB furthered his interest in distributed and decentralized systems and much more. We delve into what Dragonfly is doing in the space as an investor and what the future looks like in the "protocol wars" and much more. 

Base Layer Episode 082 - Sergey Nazarov (Chainlink)

Base Layer Episode 082 - Sergey Nazarov (Chainlink)

November 10, 2019

Sergey, the co-founder of Chainlink joins us on Base Layer for an amazing episode from a project that has garnered a lot of attention this year after Google announced a partnership with them. Sergey has many years of experience in blockchains and we spend a lot of time discussing Oracles and the "Oracle problem" as it relates to the efficiency and execution of smart contracts. We talk about some integrations they made this past year and what the future holds for Chainlink in public and enterprise level blockchain development. Amazing episode -- one not to miss! 

Base Layer Episode 081 - Mariano Conti (Maker Foundation)

Base Layer Episode 081 - Mariano Conti (Maker Foundation)

November 7, 2019

Mariano joins us on Base Layer to give a fantastic overview of MakerDao and it’s stablecoin Dai. We discuss the evolution of stablecoins and their purpose in the digital asset ecosystem. Additionally, as Mariano lives in Argentina we discuss how digital assets are becoming in more focus with inflationary issues. 

Base Layer Episode 080 - Bill Laggner (Bearing Asset Management)

Base Layer Episode 080 - Bill Laggner (Bearing Asset Management)

November 3, 2019

Bill joins us on Base Layer during my recent visit to Dallas for the Digital Asset Strategy Summit (DASS) to discuss his time in traditional finance over the last few decades and his most recent focus on Bitcoin and the revolution associated with distributed and decentralized systems. We discuss the what led up to the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and how that effected his opinion in finding an asset that was deflationary and censorship resistant. This is a great chat from an investor to understand how he views this new emerging asset class and technological revolution. 

Base Layer Episode 079 - Claire Belmont (Celo)

Base Layer Episode 079 - Claire Belmont (Celo)

October 30, 2019

Claire from Celo joins us on Base Layer to give a great overview of Celo: driven by purpose -- to solve real-world problems such as lack of access to sound currency, or friction for cash-transfer programs aimed to alleviate poverty. Their mission is to build a monetary system that creates the conditions for prosperity for all. We talk about what that means, how they are doing it and much more. 

Base Layer Episode 078 - Tuur Demeester & Dhruv Bansal

Base Layer Episode 078 - Tuur Demeester & Dhruv Bansal

October 24, 2019

Tuur and Dhruv join Base Layer live from the Digital Asset Strategy Summit (DASS) that was recently hosted in Dallas, bringing together Institutional Investors, Family Offices and many great investors and founders in digital assets together to share what they are learning about Bitcoin and other digital assets. Tuur and Dhruv gave a great presentation on Bitcoin and its potential for societal change so we extended that chat about adoption, BIP's and all the things happening in the Bitcoin camp. Enjoy!! 

Base Layer Episode 077 - Zac Prince (BlockFi)

Base Layer Episode 077 - Zac Prince (BlockFi)

October 21, 2019

Zac joins us on Base Layer today to bring us up to speed on BlockFi, a project I've mentioned many times on the show when I discuss the emergence of Open Finance or #defi. Many participants in digital assets have been shut out of traditional finance (loans, business banking, etc) while they maintain assets like Bitcoin & Ethereum. One of BlockFi's mantra's is "don't sell your crypto if you don't have to" - they have created mechanisms to give participants access to loans by acknowledging that these are assets and have value. We talk about the modeling (LTV, yields, etc) and just how they do that and the success they've had, while also discussing the future...hint, credit card?? One not to miss! 

Base Layer Episode 076 - Thomas Chippas (ErisX)

Base Layer Episode 076 - Thomas Chippas (ErisX)

October 14, 2019

Tom, the CEO of ErisX, joins us on Base Layer to discuss key milestones at ErisX and what role & function it plays in digital assets. This is one not to miss; ErisX has operated a designated contract market for seven years and have used that expertise and applied it to digital assets. We discuss working with the CTFC, how and why it takes some time to get things approved and then all the way to discussions on the processes of listing a new coin or contract to stablecoins and much more. Again, do not miss this one...great conversation with Tom and you'll learn a lot about ErisX and the derivative market in digital assets. 

Base Layer Episode 075 - Stephane Gosselin (Numerai)

Base Layer Episode 075 - Stephane Gosselin (Numerai)

October 10, 2019

Stephane joins us in another live recording from Voices of Blockchain hosted in Chicago a few weeks back to talk to us about Numerai; a project in existence for a few years working to essentially re-invent the hedge fund. We talk about the tournaments they are hosting with some of the brightest mathematicians and minds of the world, working to create data that can be used to hopefully make exceptional investment decisions. This was a fascinating conversation about governance & how how blockchains can continue to further the evolution of finance. 

Base Layer Episode 074 - Sunayna Tuteja (TD Ameritrade)

Base Layer Episode 074 - Sunayna Tuteja (TD Ameritrade)

October 5, 2019

Come join us for a live recording from Voice of Blockchain this past week in Chicago when I to sit with Sunayna from TD Ameritrade. The "Institutions are Coming"!! Remember that? Yes, Sunayna and her team are reviewing ways to provide access to digital assets and leveraging blockchains for their millions of clients - and they've already made progress with work with ErisX. Sunayna and I discuss how large institutions like there's are reviewing the technology and why it's so important to provide the best education possible. One not to miss!